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Steph Curry trolls ref on Instagram after controversial loss vs. T'Wolves

Steph Curry trolls ref on Instagram after controversial loss vs. T'Wolves

The Warriors were furious with the officials following their 131-130 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, and their frustration extended to the social media realm.

Trailing by three with 4.4 seconds left in overtime, Kevin Durant caught the ball, turned and drilled a 3-pointer to tie the game while being fouled by T'Wolves swingman Keita Bates-Diop. But official Marat Kogut said the foul occurred before Durant was in the shooting motion, nullifying the game-tying triple. The Warriors would tie the game seconds later on a Steph Curry 3-pointer, with Curry, Durant and other Warriors pointing in Kogut's face as they headed back to the bench. 

The Warriors were victims of another puzzling call on the ensuing inbounds play with 0.5 seconds remaining, and this one would cost them the game. Anthony Tolliver threw a lob for Karl-Anthony Towns that soared over the big man's head, but head official Leon Wood whistled Durant for a foul that sent Towns to the free throw line to give Minnesota the win.

Curry, Durant and head coach Steve Kerr took shots at the officials after the game, especially Kogut, who Curry called "the MVP."

After his press conference, Curry took another dig at Kogut on Instagram when he commented on a post that showed the Warriors star getting slapped in the heel while shooting a 3-pointer in overtime.

Durant also threw some shade at the officials on Instagram after the game, directing his ire at Wood.

The officiating Friday night in Minnesota infuriated the Warriors, but they should lay the blame for the loss partially at their own feet, Golden State held a 14-point lead at halftime and led by as many as 19 points in the third quarter. The Warriors can point their fingers at Kogut and Wood for the reason they left Minnesota with a loss, but the game shouldn't have gotten to that point in the first place.

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With the loss, the Warriors are now tied with the Denver Nuggets for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Dubs have been frustratingly inconsistent since the All-Star break and the loss in Minnesota, regardless of officiating, is another example of that. They have two weeks to clean things up before the NBA playoffs begin.

There's no reason to expect they won't be fine once the bright lights come, as long as Kogut isn't officiating their games, that is.

Klay Thompson gets trolled again by friend Zaza Pachulia on Instagram

Klay Thompson gets trolled again by friend Zaza Pachulia on Instagram

Death, taxes and Zaza Pachulia bashing on Klay Thompson.

Those are the guarantees in life. But it's all in good fun, even on matters of the heart.

Klay recently posted a cute photo while he was in France with Laura Harrier. It was so precious, but Zaza had to ruin the moment:

"Finally somebody loves you bro," Zaza commented.

Don't worry, they're close friends and do this from time to time.

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When Klay suffered his torn left ACL, Zaza posted a sweet video on Instagram to wish him a speedy recovery -- and only because he wanted to have a dunk contest rematch. 

That's what friends are for.

Team USA's 78-game international win streak snapped with Australia loss

Team USA's 78-game international win streak snapped with Australia loss

Don't bet on the B team. 

In stunning fashion, the United States Men's National Basketball Team had their 78-game international winning streak snapped on Friday with a 98-94 loss to Australia. The loss was Team USA's first defeat in a major international tournament or exhibition since the 2006 world championship semifinals. 

With the 2019 FIBA World Cup a week away, this depleted Team USA is far from winning gold. 

Kings forward Harrison Barnes is a veteran for Team USA and scored 20 points in the loss. He was Team USA's second-leading scorer behind Celtics point guard Kemba Walker, who dropped 22. Barnes also led Team USA with six rebounds and made three of his five 3-point attempts. 

Team USA, led by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Warriors coach Steve Kerr, had no answer for Australia's pesky point guard Patty Mills. The longtime Spurs guard, who Popovich is well acquainted with, scored a game-high 30 points and drained four shots from beyond the arc. 

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"As I told you all after the last game, Patty's a pain,'' Popovich told reporters. 

Team USA's next tune-up before the World Cup comes Monday in Sydney, Australia against Canada.